If you need to play / download or watch YouTube videos in Ubuntu 12.04, these tools might be what you need. This brief tutorial is going to list some programs that you can use to download or watch online videos directly from your Ubuntu Desktop. Programs like Minitube, Downverter, ClipGrab, Youtube-dl let you do all of the above tasks from your desktop without using Flash Player. This list is by no means a complete list, but a starter guide to use when you need to install YouTube downloaders in Ubuntu.
- Install YouTube Downloaders in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
Installing Minitube in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
Minitube is one of the most popular YouTube downloaders in Ubuntu. It can be used to play videos from your desktop or download them if you want. To install it, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add its PPA.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/minitube
Next, run the commands below to update your system and install Minitube.
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install minitube
Installing YouTube-dl in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
YouTube-dl is a command line tool that helps you download videos from YouTube. To install it, open the Terminal and run the commands below.
sudo apt-get install youtube-dl
To download videos from YouTube using youtube-dl, run this command and the URL of the video.
youtube-dl <YouTube Video URL>
Installing ClipGrab in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
Installing ClipGrab in Ubuntu via PPA is easy, but at the time of this writing, PPA for Precise wasn’t available. So, we’re temporarily going to install Oneiric PPA in order to install ClipGrab.
To do that, open terminal and run the commands below:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/clipgrab.list
Then copy and paste the lines below into the file and save.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/clipgrab-team/ppa/ubuntu oneiric maindeb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/clipgrab-team/ppa/ubuntu oneiric main
Finally, run the commands below to install ClipGrab
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install clipgrab
Installing Downverter in Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)
Downverter allows you to download videos online as well as convert them easily in Ubuntu. To install it, run the commands below to download it.
Finally, run the commands below to install it.
sudo dpkg -i downverter-32.deb
That’s all I have. If you have more, please comment on the post and it them.